COVID and Obesity

Unfortunately, evidence has emerged that COVID disproportionally affects people who are overweight and obese. To help better prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic, the government are poised to launch a weight loss drive to help prepare the country.

Weight loss has benefits not solely limited to improving COVID-19 outcomes. Recent studies have found that 10kg weight loss in an obese individual will also:

  • Lower systolic BP by 10mmHg in hypertensive individuals
  • Reduce HbA1c by 15% in diabetic individuals
  • Reduce total cholesterol by 10% in all patients
  • Improve joint pain and mood
  • Reduce risk of obesity-related cancers

Please refer to the weight management section in our Wellbeing Centre  for more information on how you can tackle your weight.